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MEMBERSHIP Information for Entry:
PLEASE NOTE…it is your responsibility to read and understand the rules. If you have any questions, you may e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please help us prevent entry disqualifications.
The objective of the Judged Show is to promote and encourage the art and appreciation of quiltmaking. We strive to encourage excellence in quiltmaking and to educate quilters and the general public by presenting the finest examples of traditional and contemporary quilts that the members can produce by:
1. Providing an exhibition and competition to spotlight the current work of IQA quiltmakers; and
2. Rewarding excellence in design and craftsmanship through the presentation of awards based on qualified and impartial judging.
Quilts are to be entered for judging in the categories defined below. IQA and its jurors or judges reserve the right to move an entry to a category other than the one in which it was entered without notifying the entrant. Final placement will be at the discretion of the judges.
COMPETITION CALENDAR (Please keep a copy and mark your calendar)
|May 26, 2017||Online entry closes at midnight CDT|
|July 13, 2017||Finalist list posted on the website at www.quilts.org|
|August 16, 2017||Last day to receive quilts in IQA office – Contact us with any questions|
|Mid-September||Notification of winners (Only winners are contacted.)|
|October 31, 2017.||Winners Circle Celebration|
|November 1, 2017||Preview Night at International Quilt Festival|
|November 2-5, 2017.||International Quilt Festival/Houston (quilts on display)|
|November 8 – December 1, 2017
||Quilts packed & return shipped (See Shipping Instructions)|
CATEGORIES AND DEFINITIONS
All Art Categories: Quilts must be of original forms and compositions, interpretations of existing artwork in the public domain, or interpretations created with the original artist’s, designer’s, or photographer’s written permission. (See Rule 4)
This category features abstract, cutting edge, and non-literal quilts, the emphasis being on color, line, and design, and is divided into “small” and “large” sub-categories. See size definitions below.
This category features any type of art quilt measuring less than or equal to 24 in (61 cm) on each side.
This category illustrates aspects of natural scenery in natural surroundings. Creatures and animals may be a component, but should not be the focus of the quilt. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature.
This category features an art quilt where the basic design of the quilt is produced by “painting” on the surface of the quilt with paints, dyes, colored pens, colored pencils, etc. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature. Any quilt that is more than 50% pigment painted or dye painted must be entered in this category.
Art-People, Portraits, and Figures
The quilts in this category must illustrate some recognizable aspect of the human form. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature.
This category features any art quilt that illustrates a recognizable image, such as objects, still life, wildlife, cityscapes, etc. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature.
This category features any art quilt that can be described as humorous, fanciful, or capricious, and would include caricatures, fairy-tale, and cartoon-style quilts. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature.
Quilts with 3-dimensional techniques, such as fabric manipulation (Yo-Yo quilts and Cathedral Window-style quilts, weaving, etc.), additions such as buttons, beads, fabric origami, embroidery, hot-fixed crystals, fibers, etc. These quilts must draw major impact from the embellishments, not just subtle additions. Sharp (potentially damaging) objects on these quilts are not allowed. All embellishments must be firmly attached. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature.
Any quilt that three or more people work on in the construction or finishing in any way, including the quilting stitches. The submitting entrant must have worked on the quilt and must be an IQA member. Quilts must be a true collaboration between a group of artists and not a business arrangement or part of a work-for-hire agreement. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature.
Quilts in this category must be sewn by hand with the exception of the first stage of the binding and the backing seams. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature.
Predominantly appliquéd quilts that present a fresh, new look derived from fundamental changes to established patterns and sets. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature. NOTE: Quilts entered in this category must be your original innovation. Quilts from another person’s pattern or from established traditional designs would go in a traditional category, such as Traditional Appliqué.
Predominantly pieced quilts that present a fresh, new look derived from fundamental changes to established patterns and sets. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature. NOTE: Quilts entered in this category must be your original innovation. Quilts from another person’s pattern or from established traditional designs would go in a traditional category, such as Traditional Pieced.
Merit Quilting, Hand
Quilts entered with an emphasis on the quality of the quilting stitches and quilting pattern. Any hand-quilted quilt may be entered in this category. All hand-quilted wholecloth quilts (except miniatures or group quilts) should be entered in this category. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature.
Merit Quilting, Machine-Frame
Quilts entered with an emphasis on the quality of the quilting stitches and quilting pattern. Any quilt machine quilted on a frame-mounted machine may be entered in this category. Wholecloth quilts quilted on a frame machine, with the exception of miniature or group quilts, should be entered in this category. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature.
Merit Quilting, Machine-Stationary
Quilts entered with an emphasis on the quality of the quilting stitches and quilting pattern. Any quilt machine quilted on a stationary machine (such as a domestic machine or sit-down longarm machine where the quilt is moved under a stationary needle) may be entered in this category. Wholecloth quilts quilted on a stationary machine, with the exception of miniature or group quilts, should be entered in this category. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature.
Quilts with overall patterns reflecting reduced scale and miniaturization. If blocks are used, they should be no larger than 4 in (10 cm) square. Miniature wholecloth quilts should be entered in this category. Quilts must measure less than or equal to 24 in (61cm) on each side.
Quilts that are a balanced combination of both appliqué and piecing. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature.
The primary focus of the quilt must be imagery that manipulates or changes the surface of a fabric, such as images digitally created and/or altered by printing on fabric using inkjet printing, silk screening, photo transfer, lithography, or adding surface texture using painting, dye painting, printing/stamping, stenciling, applying resists, discharge, or other methods. Quilt in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature. Any quilt that is more than 50% pigment painted or dye painted must be entered in the Art-Painted Surface category.
Predominantly appliquéd quilts based on traditional style patterns and sets. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature.
Predominantly pieced quilts based on traditional style patterns and sets. Quilts in this category may be any size within the rules except miniature.
Large: One width measurement + one height measurement of the quilt must exceed 120 in (305 cm), but not exceed 240 in (612 cm). Neither the width nor the height may exceed 120 in (305 cm).
Small: Quilts that do not fall within the miniature definition (Example: an 18 in x 26 in or 45.7 cm x 66 cm quilt) AND one width measurement + one height measurement of the quilt must not exceed 120 in (305 cm)
Miniature: Quilts must measure less than or equal to 24 in (61 cm) on each side
Example: Side A (width) = 40 inches; Side B (height) = 60 inches; A + B = 100 inches = Small
Width = side-to-side
Height = top-to-bottom
A work composed firsthand–a fresh design or style. A creation produced requiring thought, without replicating the works of others.
Composed of patterns, fabrics, and quilting designs packaged as a unit for retail sale. This includes packaged patterns and fabrics for workshops or classes, blocks-of-the-month, and pre-printed wholecloth quilt tops. These are not allowed in the show. Reproductions or adaptations of kit quilts will not be accepted.
A quilt that has been accepted into the show.
Any work done for payment of any kind, including a business arrangement. This is not allowed in the show.
ENTRY DEADLINE: May 26, 2017
ENTRY FEES ARE $30 PER QUILT
1. Each entry must be the work of at least one (1) current IQA member.
2. Quilts that have been made by two people (including quilting stitches) may be entered in the show and must be a collaboration between two artists and not a business arrangement or part of a work-for-hire agreement. (See definitions) The submitting entrant must be a member. Both quiltmakers must be named.
3. For a Group quilt, categorized by three (3) or more quiltmakers, the submitting entrant must have worked on the quilt and must be a member. The quilt must be a collaboration and not part of a business arrangement or work-for-hire agreement. (See definitions)
4. It is the entrant’s responsibility to obtain all necessary copyright releases for work that is covered under the copyright laws of the United States. This may include work derived from, or copied from, the photo or art of another, quilts made from patterns, etc. You must also give proper credit for the design on the entry form. Entrant will provide the International Quilt Association a copy of the copyright release upon request. (For more information, click here or go to our website at www.quilts.org.)
5. Each entry must have been completed after January 1, 2015 and may not have been accepted into any previous IQA Judged Show. Quilts that have been altered, amended, or modified at any date after completion will be required to retain the original completion date.
6. Members may enter up to two (2) quilts to be juried for the show. If you are the second quiltmaker on a two-person quilt, it counts as one of your entries. If you are submitting the entry for a group, it counts as one of your entries; however, if you are a participant in the group, it does not.
7. The majority of the quilt must consist of three (3) distinct layers—top, middle layer, and backing. Quilts must be quilted by hand and/or machine with three exceptions—Crazy quilts, which can be tied or quilted, Cathedral Windows-style quilts, and Yo-Yo quilts.
8. No pre-quilted fabric may be used. Kit quilts will not be accepted. (See definitions)
9. No rigid frames, rods, or mounting devices, and no special lighting may accompany quilts. No rods may be sewn into the sleeves of the quilts.
10. Quilts that require special handling will not be accepted. Your quilt must be able to be stacked with other quilts and boxed and/or rolled with other quilts without potential damage to your quilt or any other quilt in the show. This determination is at the sole discretion of IQA and can result in disqualification from exhibition. If this is the case, entrant will be notified. In such cases, no fees will be refunded. Any questions should be directed to the IQA office.
11. Odd-shaped quilts and quilts with multiple panels must be mounted on black fabric containing a sleeve (see rule #12). The top half of these quilts must be sewn securely to the black fabric. The bottom half should be loose so the judges can examine the back of the quilt. (Quilts with multiple panels hanging side-by-side horizontally may be mounted to a single black sleeve, BUT the quilt measurements should be taken after the sleeve is added.) PLEASE NOTE: If you must mount your quilt on black fabric, this fabric does not need to extend past the edges of your quilt, BUT your quilt measurements MUST INCLUDE the black fabric after mounting.) Any questions should be directed to the IQA office.
12. A 4 in (10 cm) double sleeve must be attached to the top of the back of the entry for hanging. This sleeve should be made of a tube of lightweight cloth 4 in (10 cm) wide after sewing. It should be as long as the full width of the quilt and should include 1/4 in (.25 in or .6 cm) ease. It should be fastened to the back of the quilt with stitches on both its top and bottom edges so that a hanging rod may be slipped into it without touching the piece. (Instructions are on our website at www.quilts.org. You can link to them here).
As defined by this rule, hanging tabs and other creative hanging alternatives are not considered a sleeve. Any questions should be directed to the IQA office.
a.) Any quilt measuring longer than 86 in (218.4 cm) MUST have a second 4-in sleeve sewn to the full width of the quilt. The top of this sleeve must be 82 in (208.3 cm) to 86 in (218.4 cm) from the BOTTOM of the quilt and must be under and not overlap the top sleeve. Why? If the length of your quilt is more than 86 inches in length, your quilt will be turned over at the top and will be hung using the second sleeve. (You can link to instructions for a second sleeve here).
b.) Any quilt measuring less than or equal to 24 in x 24 in (61 cm x 61 cm) may use a 2-in (5cm) sleeve.
c.) Quilts without the correct sleeve are subject to disqualification.
d.) Quilts without a sleeve will not be accepted.
13. Quilts must be labeled in a bottom corner of the back and must include the name of the quilt and the quiltmaker(s). The preferred label is muslin with the information typed or printed on the label. Clearly visible embroidery is also acceptable.
14. All quilts must arrive clean, undamaged, and free of strong odors in order to be judged and shown. IQA reserves the right to omit an entry from judging or display if the quality or condition does not meet standards upon hands-on inspection. IQA reserves the right to omit from exhibition any accepted piece that differs dramatically from what is represented by the entry visuals. If this is the case, entrant will be notified. In such cases, no fees will be refunded. The decision as to whether the difference is significant is entirely at IQA’s discretion.
15. Entries should have a category listed on the entry form; however, IQA and its jurors or judges reserve the right to move an entry to a category other than the one in which it was entered without notifying the entrant. Final placement will be at the discretion of the judges.
16. Your accepted quilt must be available for judging and display from August 16 through November 5, 2017. No quilt will be taken down before the end of Festival (Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.) Due to the large number of quilts exhibited, items not picked up after Festival will be shipped by December 1, 2017 unless special arrangements have been made. Please see the shipping instructions for specific information.
17. PLEASE NOTE THE DATES THAT WE NEED YOUR QUILT in Rule #16. If you withdraw an accepted quilt from the show for any reason other than an act of God, you will be disqualified from entering the IQA Judged Show for a period of two (2) years. If there is any question about your entry, please contact the IQA office.
18. All decisions of the jurors and judges are final. IQA reserves the right to decline any entry, including those that fail to follow the quilt contest rules.
19. All prizes, including two-person entries and those for the Group category, will be issued in the name of the submitting entrant only for disbursement. Only one prize ribbon will be awarded, as it goes with the quilt. In the event that a two-person or group quilt wins one of the top eight named awards, only the submitting IQA member will receive the trip to fall Festival and associated benefits.
PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR QUILT
Remember, your quilt’s image is all that the jurors see in evaluating your quilt, so the quality of the image is extremely important.
Set the digital camera on the highest resolution setting, and save the image as a JPEG file. Consult your camera or phone’s instruction manual to learn how to set your camera to take high-resolution photos. Lower megapixels and resolution settings can produce poor results that will eliminate a quilt because its color, design, and detail cannot be viewed clearly. Your focus will affect the details, as well. A tripod or solid surface will help. Please look at the photo on your computer, and if you have any doubts, take another photo.
SAVING & SUBMITTING YOUR DIGITAL IMAGES
We can only accept two images…one full view and one detail view. We rarely have room in the exhibit to display both sides of a two-sided quilt. For two-sided quilts, please choose the side you are entering and only submit the images of that side of the quilt.
SELLING YOUR QUILT
You may choose to offer your quilt for sale in the “Quilts: A World of Beauty” exhibit, with 20% of the selling price to be donated to the International Quilt Association. IQA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Please check with your tax attorney for information on how to deduct the donation. If your quilt is accepted for exhibition, you will receive a form for this.
FINALIST’S LIABILITY/INSURANCE INFORMATION
Accepted quilts should be insured through the owner’s individual insurance company. IQA will insure each quilt against a major catastrophe from the time we receive the quilt until it arrives back to the owner as follows: miniature quilts for $125, small quilts for $300, and large quilts for $500. These sizes are based on the sizes specified in these rules. For insurance purposes, a miniature quilt is less than or equal to 24 in x 24 in (61 cm x 61 cm). While IQA uses every precaution to protect and safeguard each quilt after arrival and during exhibition, we will not be responsible for any other damage or loss.
All images and text are © copyright International Quilt Association
or by the individual quilt artist whose work is being displayed.
Reproduction of any kind is expressly prohibited without written consent.